Principal Engineer



Software Engineering
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Architect/Principal Engineer (Python, AWS, Django)

About Us

Planful is the pioneer of financial performance management cloud software. The Planful platform, which helps businesses drive peak financial performance, is used around the globe to streamline business-wide planning, budgeting, consolidations, reporting, and analytics. Planful empowers finance, accounting, and business users to plan confidently, close faster, and report accurately. More than 1,300 customers, including 23andMe, Bose, Boston Red Sox, Five Guys, and Zappos, rely on Planful to accelerate cycle times, increase productivity, and improve accuracy. Planful is a private company backed by Vector Capital, a leading global private equity firm. Learn more at

About the role

As an Architect/Principal Engineer specializing in Python, AWS, and Django at Planful, you will play a key role in designing and architecting highly scalable, secure, and reliable software solutions within our Planful for Marketing product line. You will be responsible for leading the technical strategy, guiding the development team, and ensuring the successful delivery of projects. This role offers an exciting opportunity to leverage your expertise in Python, AWS, and Django to drive innovation, solve complex technical challenges, and shape the future of our products and services.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience (12+ years) as a Senior/Lead Software Engineer or Architect, with a strong focus on Python, AWS, and Django development.
  • Expertise in Python programming language and Django web framework, with a solid understanding of object-oriented programming principles and design patterns.
  • Extensive experience with cloud computing platforms, particularly AWS services such as EC2, ECS, DynamoDB S3, Lambda, RDS. IAM experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Strong knowledge of microservices architecture, containerization (Docker), and serverless computing.
  • Experience in designing and implementing RESTful APIs, integrating with third-party services, oAuth / OIDC, and handling data storage and retrieval.
  • Experience in finding out the bottlenecks and scaling the systems using various infrastructure services like caching, data partitioning, load balancing, async processing, etc…
  • Proficiency in database technologies such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, or Amazon Aurora.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to mentor and coach engineering teams, foster a culture of collaboration, and drive technical excellence.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with Agile/Scrum methodologies and DevOps practices.


  • Lead the architectural design and technical implementation of Python-based software solutions within our Planful for Marketing product line, leveraging AWS services and Django framework to build scalable and resilient applications.
  • Define technical requirements, design specifications, and architecture diagrams, ensuring alignment with business objectives and scalability requirements.
  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to the development team, driving best practices, code quality standards, and continuous improvement.
  • Collaborate with product management, UX/UI designers, and other stakeholders to translate requirements into technical solutions, prioritizing features and delivering projects on time.
  • Evaluate new technologies, tools, and frameworks, conducting proof-of-concepts and making recommendations for adoption based on technical feasibility and business impact.
  • Conduct code reviews, identify performance bottlenecks, and implement optimizations to improve system reliability, scalability, and maintainability.
  • Champion security best practices, compliance standards, and data protection measures, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data.
  • Stay updated on emerging trends, industry best practices, and advancements in Python, AWS, and Django development, sharing knowledge and insights with the team.

Why Planful

Planful exists to enrich the world by helping our customers and our people achieve peak performance. To foster the best in class work we’re so proud of, we’ve created a best in class culture, including:

  • 2 Volunteer days, Birthday PTO, and quarterly company Wellness Days
  • 3 months supply of diapers and meal deliveries for the first month of your Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Annual Planful Palooza, our in-person, company-wide culture kickoff
  • Company-wide Mentorship program with Executive sponsorship of CFO and Manager-specific monthly training programs
  • Employee Resource Groups such as Women of Planful, LatinX at Planful, Parents of Planful, and many more. We encourage our teammates to bring their authentic selves to the team, and have full support in creating new ERGs & communities along the way